V.method Cardio Vusion by Vicki Vara is a great workout. It consists of three segments: the first, a cardio segment, I would describe as (using a words-starting-with-V theme) “vigorous.” Deceptively so: Vicki and her two assistants are petite and cheerful, and the 15-minute segment requires only small, light handweights, and yet it’s thorough and challenging. The next segment, a 17-minute lower body workout, is “vicious.” Well, not really; but after this segment? Your. Hips. Will. Hurt. The final section, at 14 minutes, is “varied.” Primarily abs and core, but also with some leg work, this section rounds out a workout that’s more challenging than you might expect.
Couple of small quibbles. First, a very minor (definitely a “might just be me”) issue: The instructor is wonderful, but at times her voice/enthusiasm veers near the upper boundary of my cheerfulness tolerance. A slightly more significant quibble (though still not a huge one): unlike most workout reviews, the instructor doesn’t “mirror” the movements. When she cues you for your R leg, she uses her own R leg. Since I’m primarily used to the mirroring approach, this throws me a bit (especially in segment two, where the first few times doing the DVD I ended up facing backwards and couldn’t see the instruction).
But neither of these quibbles gets in the way of a great, thorough, challenging, and invigorating workout! Highly recommended.